Upcoming in Music Ministries

PATRIOTIC POPS is coming May 29! Plan to be a part of this annual celebration of both honoring our country and remembering those who have served! Hot dogs, chips, dessert and drinks at 5:30 in Wesley Hall followed by Patriotic Pops at 6:30 in the Sanctuary. We’ll have music from the Broadway musical “1776,” a special presentation of “In Flanders Fields” remembering the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, and our traditional honoring of our veterans past and present.

Have a picture of a veteran you haven’t shared with us before? Leave it in the office by May 21 and we’ll add it to our collection of honored veterans during our “Salute to the Armed Forces.” See you there!

Yard Signs: Pick up a sign in Wesley hall if you’d like to place one in your yard to help us advertise the upcoming concert.


Ed Darling is a member of our FUMC music worship family and an award winning composer of original songs of worship, social justice, and praise. With his group, the Echo Onward Chorus, he has produced two CDs of his music, entitled “Stewardship of Hope: The Charity Collection” and “Spirit For All Seasons.” He has made copies of these available for our FUMC members and guests! For a donation of your choosing (donations going to Raquel’s Dream and other missions), you can have a copy of this wonderful heart-felt music. Support one of our own and FUMC Missions by picking up a copy of Ed’s CDs today in Wesley Hall!

All of our children, youth, and adult music activities are underway. 

  • Wednesday
    • Children’s Choirs and M&M (Music and Missions): 5:30 p.m.
    • Adult Choirs
      • Revelation Singers: 6:45-7:15 p.m.
      • Chancel Choir: 7:15-8:45 p.m.
  • Sunday
    • Selah Orchestra: 3:15-4 p.m.
    • Youth Handbells: 4-4:30 p.m.
    • Youth Choir: 4:30-5 p.m.
    • Wesley Ringers:  5-6 p.m.
    • Shalom:  6-7 p.m.


Which of Our Favorite Hymns are Adapted “Barroom” Songs?

There is a misconception (which has turned into urban legend) about the “fact” that a number of our favorite hymns were once bar songs, taken from the secular and turned into religious hymns. The true fact is that neither Martin Luther or the Wesley brothers (or anyone else from those times that we know of) utilized “barroom” songs for hymns. Maybe it comes from the idea that “The Star Spangled Banner” utilizes the tune “The Anacreontic Song.” Or maybe it’s just one of those myths that continually pops up over time.

Part of the myth comes from the idea that early writers used barroom tunes to try to “reach the masses.” However, as Jonathan Aigner points out, this was never the case, and too often, the barroom tunes were trite and unappealing as hymn tunes. Instead, he points out the opposite is often true: Quality music of the time was written for the church, and drinking songs of the day (16th  century) were usually watered down church songs. According to Aigner, Luther often wrote his own songs to combat the low level secular songs of the day. Dean McIntyre points out that part of the confusion may come from the misuse and misunderstanding of the musical term “bar form,” which describes most of Luther’s hymn chorales (AAB form, for those looking for the technical description).

The Wesley brothers (John and Charles) were of the same ilk. As McIntyre points out, “The Wesleys did not make use of tavern or drinking songs to carry their texts. Their theology as well as their sense of aesthetics make such an occurrence unthinkable. There are no such examples in their collections. There are no suggestions or recommendations that others do so in any of their writings.” McIntyre also notes that the Wesleys did use secular tunes “rarely,” and then only when “the music always was from sources of recognizable beauty and excellence, such as an original composition by the great composer Handel as a tune for ‘Rejoice, the Lord Is King.’”

Sorry to burst your bubble, because this does have a noble ring to it, as McIntyre notes: “How can anyone argue against the kind of evangelical zeal demonstrated by one who would go out into the bars and taverns of our communities in search of lost souls, and who would be willing to make use of that culture’s music to attempt to appeal to them to hear our message?” Noble as it may sound, it’s just not true—but still a noble venture! Maybe I should go on “Mythbusters”…

(Quotes from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2015/11/02/which-of-our-favorite-hymns-are-rewritten-bar-songs/ and http://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/debunking-the-wesley-tavern-song-myth.)